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      01.07.2012 17:54
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      Love the stuff

      Sometimes you just can't beat a bottle of cheap cider. I love the one that Sainsbury's does. We buy it in a two litre sized plastic bottle for £1.30 at our small local shop and both me and my dear other half love the stuff. I love all things fizzy, and if they have a bit of alcohol in them, all the better I say. We love to drink a bottle each of this cider on a Friday or a Saturday night in front of the TV. If the weather is nice after I get back from work we will go out the back after we have got the little lad down for the night, and drink into the night as we share a couple of bottles, a pack of Silk Cut and light a couple of candles the back garden. I like the basic packaging on this cider - nothing fancy. It's just a basic plastic see through bottle. The bottle states that the cider is 4.2% alcohol by volume, so one bottle of this contains only a mere 8 units of alcohol. It's hard to get drunk on this stuff as you can't drink it particularly quickly as it's is so gassy. We occasionally treat ourselves to either a nice bottle of Lambrini or a bottle of cheap cider apiece. It was our wedding anniversary not so long ago and we celebrated in the back garden with a fish and chip supper and a 2-litre bottle each of this great tasting cider. It goes well with food or on its own and it is best served very chilled and straight from the fridge. It's a great drink to have if you are thirsty. It is light and crisp and quite a dry tasting cider and it is very thirst quenching. When poured out slowly into a tall glass, it doesn't fizz too much and come over the top like some cheap ciders can do. It is light golden brown in colour and looks like a quality drink, even though it is so cheap. There is the definite taste of tangy apples at the back of the throat with this cider and it actually tastes amore like an expensive cider I think, than a shop's own brand. Occasionally, we like to pour it into either wine glasses or cheap plastic champagne flutes, just to add a bit of class and atmosphere and we will retire to bed with a bottle and watch TV before we drop off. The only downside is that the bottle is heavy, as it is so large. This means that if we want another drink in the night while we are in bed, one of us has to actually sit up to pour it out, as it's impossible to lean over the side of the bed and prop yourself up on one arm whilst pouring with the other - like you can do with the bottle of Lambrini. Overall, I would say that this is a great tasting cheap cider. It is light and fresh and crisp and dry and very very tasty indeed. I think it would make a great gift to take to a friend's house for a BBQ or similar. Highly recommended.

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        29.06.2012 14:23
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        You'd be a better person if you went into Sainsbury's and emptied every bottle of this on the floor.

        You know when you see a deadbeat homeless man/woman lying in the street drinking a bottle of wine? Well I can never judge him/her again, because I promise you whatever that person is drinking shows they have better taste than myself, who has drank Sainsbury's Basics Cider. It tastes awful, is not nearly strong enough to get you drunk, and so serves absolutely no merit whatsoever. I'm literally straining to think of reasons why you would spend £1.89 on a drink that makes cat urine look like champagne. 1. You've been invited to a fancy dinner party, but need to prove to the other guests you're a cheapskate quickly. Why not buy them Sainsbury's Basics Cider? 2. You're miserable in your relationship and it's your anniversary. What terrible gift could you get your man/woman that would ensure he/she broke up with you? Why not buy them Sainsbury's Basics Cider? 3.You're working alone in a very successful branch of Sainsbury's. You've sold almost every product in the shop. All except one bottle of you-know-what. Imagine how impressed the manager would be if he saw you'd sold everything! Why not buy the bottle of Sainsbury's Basics Cider? You may have noticed that two of these reasons are ridiculous and one is heartbreakingly cruel. Therefore we can see that Sainsbury's Basics Cider is truly a drink without merit. It tastes excruciatingly bad and is too low a percentage to get you drunk (and you'll want to be very drunk after having some of this). Don't waste your money on this, drink responsibly elsewhere.

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          06.08.2011 23:05
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          It wasn't too bad, but it's not for me

          Having grown up in the West Country and experienced my first really bad hangover on farm made scrumpy cider, I have always been rather wary of cider - particularly the strong type as it doesn't seem to agree with me. However, there does seem to be resurgence in cider drinking thesedays and I have been tempted by, but not yet succumbed to, the heavily branded new ciders, now so popular. Before I do this, I will need to have something to compare it to, so whilst laying in a temporary stock of beer the other day, I also bought a 2l bottle of this Basics cider for £1.69 - just on a whim to see whether I still had a bad reaction to cider. The 2l container is shaded slightly as the drink when poured is a fair bit lighter than I was expecting - a sort of healthy looking 'sample'. It didn't look too bad with just a few bubbles quickly clearing from the surface and wasn't as sweet as I thought it might be when I took my first swallow. In fact, I found it to be surprisingly palatable for such a cheap alcoholic drink. It certainly wasn't as rough as the cider I recall from my youth and in the drinking had more in common with a flattish fizzy pop than with anything alcoholic. That said, after my second glass I did notice that it did have an effect on me and it was then that I noticed that it had a 4.2% ABV - higher than I thought it would be for such a cheap cider. I can't say that the taste of apples was particularly strong and I did detect a sort of chemical after taste. Two glasses was enough for me and I put the rest of the bottle in the fridge. The next afternoon, I cut the grass and it was really quite oppressively hot with no movement of air at all; remembering the chilled cider in the fridge, it was time to have another sample. The first half glass went down quickly and was really quite refreshing. That said, the cool temperature of the drink seemed to detract from the taste a little and one glass proved enough for me. There was still some left at the start of writing this review, but now, two days on, it's gone rather flat, but I think that's down to me in not screwing the cap on tightly enough. I've finished it now and claim my prize. I suspect that if I were reviewing this after having tasted some of the branded products, I would have been quite dismissive of it. However, now that I have this cheapo cider out of the way, I'm hoping the others will be a lot nicer. I shall give it 3 stars because it wasn't too bad and it is an excellent price. If I ever buy another bottle though, it will be because I have fallen on hard times and will be seeing out my days on a park bench.

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            13.02.2011 17:25
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            I should preface this review by saying that, as an impoverished student, I am hardly inexperienced in the field of buying and consuming questionably cheap alcohol. However, I think I am going to have to draw the line at Sainsbury's Basics Cider. I like cider. Cider at an insanely low price appeared, at first, to be even better. What's more, my attention was drawn to this cider because it featured in an 'Economist' article bewailing how cheap alcohol could be these days. With this glowing recommendation in hand, I headed off to purchase some. A mistake. First of all, it was nearly flat. Bubbles could at least have gone some way towards disguising its taste, which was oddly synthetic, strange-smelling and nigh undrinkable (believe me, I tried). A concluding point: a friend discovered that by mixing this cider with vodka, a palatable drink was created. Whether this says more about my friend or about the quality of the cider, I will leave to you to decide.

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            22.02.2010 15:39
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            Spend a bit more and get somethingn drinkable

            I went to Sainsburys recently and thought I might save myself a couple of quid by trying their cheapest cider. Sainsbury's Basics cider comes in a 2 litre PET bottle with a screw cap, it has an alcohol content of 4.2% and contains Artifical Sweeteners and Sulphites. Looking at the colour of the cider through the bottle it does give the illusion of looking quite dark in colour but this is due to the bottle having a yellow tinge. I unscrewed the bottle and released a rather unpleasant smell of chemicals, the cider is quite fizzy and is a pale yellow in colour. I have to admit that I was not looking forward to trying this due to the smell and rather pale colour of it but I closed my eyes and took a mouthful, the cider is fizzy on the tongue but thats about the only thing I can say - there was no appley taste at all and a very unpleasant feeling on swallowing the stuff that made me retch. I don't know if the taste of this cider improves after you have drank half a bottle of it I think l will leave that for someone else to try. If I really did have to drink it all then I would add some blackcurrant to it to try and disguise the taste a bit. In conclusion, you get 3.5 pints for £1.29 but it tastes disgusting which is basically what I was expecting. I much prefer Sainsbury's second cheapest that they do which is a lot more refined and quite pleasant and comes in 3 litre bottles. Only buy this Basics stuff if you've either no sense of taste, are very skint or you need something to clean the toilet with.

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              16.01.2010 15:52

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              'm surprised at the number of good reviews of this product. I bought this just as an experiment - own-brand booze has always disappointed me, but I wondered if this could be the exception, one that would allow me to save a few pounds. It turned out to be one of the worst things I've ever drunk.Both of the Sainsbury's ciders contain a chemical which tastes like antiseptic fluid - or is it k.y jelly... And in this one, the Basics cider, that's all you can taste! I'd avoid it like the proverbial if I were you. No matter how much of a hardcore cider drinker you are, this one puts the "ewww!" into "ooh-arr!"

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              07.11.2009 14:18
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              I see the other reviews gave this a pretty good review. I am going to disagree. I HATE this cider. I am quite a big cider fan and have tried many, many different types. This cider is almost undrinkable when sobre. Its more managable if you are already drunk and start drinking it but it is definatly not a cider to drink for pleasure, you drink this stuff for the pure purpose of getting drunk. However i cant compalin too much considering its around £1.50 or so for 2 litres, without a doubt the cheapest cider money can buy, but that is reflected in the taste. The best way to drink this cider is to make a form of snakebite. Buy some berry squash (blackberry and apple my recommendation) and add about 2 inches of squash per pint. This takes the edge off the cider and makes it much more drinkable. The packaging is standard sainsburys basic range, with the white label with orange print, to be honest not at the top of my list for things to complain about. If you are on a budget and wanna get drunk then this is a decent drink, however if you fancy a couple drinks and relax then spend a little extra to get some strongbow or Gaymers.

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                22.09.2009 22:45
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                It might be getting into Autumn, but the weather here has still been really very hot - in fact, I honestly don't think I've seen any rain in over two weeks now . Now, hot weather demands cold drinks, and what better on a warm evening than an ice cold bottle of quality booze. Sadly, my budget doesn't really stretch to quality booze at the moment - I recently had to replace my fridge freezer, which has left me a little tight, but on the plus side , if I buy some CHEAP booze , at least I have something to chill it in . I've been doing a bit of an experimental supermarket swap after many reviews on Sainsburys basics products convinced me it might not be as expensive as i'd always assumed it to be . One of the products I happened to slip into my trolley was this cider . The packaging isn't very exciting, a brown plastic (recyclable ) bottle with a brown twist off lid, and a very plain white and orange label, with a sketch of apples on it . Nothing too exciting, but ist does let me know that this cider is 4.2% and that a 2 litre bottle contains 8.4 units of alcohol, and is best served chilled! Yay for shiny new fridge freezers . In went the bottle, and I left it there to chill for a couple of hours while I cooked my daughters dinner and put her into bed. Then, as I settled down to watch Holby City, I poured myself a glass . The cider is very pale in colour - a very pale yellow- and is quite fizzy, although not so much that you get acres of annoying foam when you pour it out. I noticed that it smelt initially quite a lot like farts when I first opened the bottle - but this is something I find with most ciders when they are bottled , they just don't smell nice for those first few seconds, perhaps due to the way the gas builds up or something . After a few seconds, I took another tentative sniff - this was much better - it smelt tangy, sharp, fruity , and yes, apple-y. Taking a sip, it doesn't taste as fizzy as it looks . It's not flat by any means, but it's quite an easy drinker in terms of sparkle . It's quite crisp, and quite dry too, but very refreshing . It actually tastes nice , pleasantly apply, although not as fruity as some of the more expensive ciders . I was actually really surprised it was so drinkable - at only £1.21 for 2 litres, I had extremely low hopes for this cider, and only purchased it so I could share the utter horror of it on Dooyoo . It's been so long since I've written a truly scathing review of a product, I'm always recommending stuff rather than warning people off stuff. I was dissapointed not to find anything to moan about with this, apart from the really boring packaging . I can't even moan about that though - as it makes it stand out on the shelf so it will be easy to find if I want to buy it again . And I do! It's very cheap, very drinkable, and not as weak as gnats wee . While I wont be taking it to any bring a bottle parties, I'll be perfectly happy quaffing a glass of this in front of the telly every now and then! 5 stars .

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                  21.07.2009 20:50
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                  Surprisingly drinkable

                  You would expect Sainsbury's basics cider to be, how shall we put it, somewhat unpalatable? But when we bought some on a budget one time (we were staying at Reading music festival at the time) and were surprised. I don't actually drink cider much these days but the cider-drinker of my past self is speaking to you and saying that this one isn't at all bad. We preferred it to the Strongbow we were drinking at the same time... whether that says more about Sainsbury's basics cider or Strongbow is in the eye of the review reader but we definitely found the former much more drinkable. The Strongbow had a harsh kind of taste which wasn't present in the Sainsbury's basics, which was smoother and therefore easier on the taste buds. The only trouble with buying this is that anyone who sees you drinking it will assume you're drinking it because it's cheap rather than because it's tasty, and you will get branded a cheapskate. If this isn't something which appeals to you, you could always pour it into your glass where no-one can see, or decant it into a jug or into a cider bottle with a more socially acceptable brand name on it. Of course, the other advantage is the price. If I remember correctly it's under £1 for a two litre bottle. Perhaps it's a little more than that now but it shouldn't be more than £2.

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                  Brand: Sainsbrys / Type: Cider / 4.25 vol